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World focus on Burma (11 January 2009)

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Karen rebels under the gun along Thai-Burma border
Mizzima.com, India –
From a secret location on the Thai-Burma border, KNU Vice-Chairman David Thackerbaw said government soldiers were maintaining a “scorched earth policy” …

Supersized Kids – Don’t Do What America Does
Desicritics.org, India –
What has happened to the Burmese wrap around ‘longee’, to the elegant sari, to the loose fitting pajama pants and kamiz? “Where have all the chaplis gone, …

The art of the elephant
ohmidog!, MD –
… to the information posted on YouTube with the video, was rescued from abusive treatment in Burma, and now makes a living as an artist in Thailand. …

Epic wartime road project may finally be put to use
TheDay, CT –
They gave their lives to build a 1079-mile road across northern Burma (now Myanmar) to reinforce Allied troops, a project derided by British Prime Minister …

Junta struggling to keep state budget afloat
Mizzima.com, India –
by Moe Thu Rangoon (Mizzima) – Experiencing increased pains related to the global financial crisis, Burma’s military government is struggling to maintain a …

FSA Investigation Finds Aon Payments To Burma
AJC Consultants, UK –
For dealing in business in Burma (also known as Myanmar), which is under US sanctions, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control …

United Nations Worried Over Nigeria’s Donation To Myanmar
The Guardian – Nigeria, Nigeria –
Ki-Moon said last month at the UN that he was “disappointed by the unwillingness of the government of Myanmar (Burma) to deliver on its promises for …

East Timor president opposes international sanctions on Myanmar
Monsters and Critics.com –
Horta last visited Myanmar in 2005 and has lent his support to his fellow Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. He said Sunday that Myanmar’s long-delayed …

In its best year, 1934, when it was called Burma, it exported 3.4 million tonnes. Thailand, today’s top exporter, shipped around 10 million tonnes last year …

Dream works are made of these
Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
Spielberg was inspired to make poignant war movies by his father who had fought in Burma, and who told him: “Nobody ever makes a movie about my war except …

Diaspora studies current situation
E-Pao.net, India –
The seminar held on the topic “HIV/AIDS, Human Rights and Social Psychology in the Conflict Situation of Manipur” was participated by many resource persons. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 11, 2009 at 2:52 am

HIV/AIDS vigil focuses on prevention

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The Daily Campus Online Edition

HIV/AIDS vigil focuses on prevention

Students remember disease’s impact, renew hope for future

Kate Monahan

Issue date: 12/5/08

 Nick Gwiazda, a member of a cappella group Shir Modulation, sings Thursday night at the HIV/AIDS vigil at the Student Union. The event, meant to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic worldwide, also featured the all-female a cappella group the Chordials.

Media Credit: Kevin McQuade
Nick Gwiazda, a member of a cappella group Shir Modulation, sings Thursday night at the HIV/AIDS vigil at the Student Union. The event, meant to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic worldwide, also featured the all-female a cappella group the Chordials.

UConn Health Education held an AIDS vigil Thursday night to “promote awareness of HIV/AIDS and the effect it has on the community locally, nationally, and worldwide,” according their Web site.

Joleen Nevers, Health Education coordinator, and Erika Howe, World AIDS week coordinator, worked together to organize the event and incorporate other student organizations in fundraising for HIV prevention and to help people infected with the disease.

The UConn Chordials and Shir Modulation a cappella groups sang reflective pieces like Gavin Degraw’s “Meaning,” and The Beatles’ “Blackbird.” Afterwards, those in attendance headed to the UConn seal on Fairfield Way with red glow bracelets to have a moment of silence to honor those impacted by the HIV and AIDS. Along the way, a musical triangle was hit every one new person infected with HIV every12 seconds.

Since Dec. 1 was World AIDS day, organizers devoted the week to spreading awareness and HIV prevention across the UConn Campus. Howe, a 3rd-semester exploratory major and coordinator of UConn’s World AIDS week, hoped the vigil would “recognize and acknowledge those who are currently affected with it [HIV], or those who are affected by it.”

The main proceeds from the vigil are going to Ashford’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which helps children with HIV and other terminal illnesses.

The vigil started in the Student Union’s Art for AIDS gallery, which had many AIDS-related student art pieces. According to Nevers, these were easy to obtain, as many students want to raise awareness on such an important issue.

Liberty Pandey, a public health graduate student, worked at a table of HIV/AIDS related informative pamphlets and preventative kits during the vigil. The table had Hershey Kisses, red ribbons, abstinence kits, and safe sex goodie bags, condoms, as well as a plethora of informative pamphlets like the “Stall Street News.” Beaded ribbon-shaped pins made in Africa were sold, with the proceeds going to people affected by HIV and AIDS. Donations were also accepted.

Pandey listed many facts and figures about AIDS during the vigil, such as Connecticut ranking eighth in the rate of AIDS cases reported in 2005, and that 50 percent of new people infected with HIV were under the age of 25. She also said that there have been over 15,000 cases of AIDS in Connecticut since 1980, and noted that there are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV in the US and 33 million are infected worldwide.

Nevers hopes the World AIDS week events such as the vigil will provide awareness to students, and give them the resources for getting free rapid HIV testing and contact information for state testing centers at the Health Center and Rainbow Center.

Web reference:

http://healthed.uconn.edu/world_aids_week.html

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 5, 2008 at 7:29 pm

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World focus on Burma (26 November 2008)

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Bangkok airport storming sells Thai people short
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
… anti-Milosevic uprising in Serbia, the orange revolution in Ukraine, or the monks ‘Saffron Revolution’ against the junta in Thailand’s neighbour Burma? …

Drug-Dealing Junta Crony Gets 15 Years
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Maung Weik is known as a generous donor to projects sponsored by the Burmese junta, once giving 270 million kyat (nearly US $235000) for restoration work on …

New Internet Censorship Plan Rattles Public
The Epoch Times, NY –
At present, China, Burma, Iran and Saudi Arabia are some of the countries that have mandatory Internet censorship. “The main similarity [with China] is that …

Trials and Prison Transfers Continue in Rangoon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
More than 30 activists sentenced in the recent series of trials were transferred on Monday and Tuesday from Insein Prison to isolated prisons around Burma. …

MWAF member says women lack protection
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 26, 2008 (DVB)–A senior member of the Kaytumadi township branch of the Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation who recently fled Burma has said the …

Mine casualties in Burma nearly double
Mizzima.com, India –
Domestically, Myanmar Defense Products Industries, a state enterprise in Pegu Division, is known to produce non-detectable antipersonnel landmines. …

Shans spinning multiple rings of web
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
The rest about 25 websites and blogs are covering political, social and economic developments, human rights abuses and forced labor in Shan State and Burma. …

Blaze destroys church in Chin state
Mizzima.com, India –
by Salai Pi Pi New Delhi – A local Church in the town of Hakha in Burma’s western Chin state was burnt to ashes on Monday when a fire broke out, …

Can Asean Learn to Put People First?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and more than 2000 other political prisoners, the continuing use of child soldiers, and the recent …

MYANMAR: Thousands dying for lack of treatment
Plus News, South Africa –
JOHANNESBURG, 26 November 2008 (PlusNews) – Thousands of people living with HIV in Myanmar (Burma) are dying because the government and international donors …

Kurelek painting exceeds estimate
Toronto Star,  Canada –
… who was PEN Canada’s recipient of the One Humanity Award this year, has been sentenced to 45 years in prison by the rules of Myanmar (formerly Burma). …

Poverty-reduction goals to be hit by global crisis
CSR Asia, Hong Kong –
(Todayonline, November 7) A documentary film showing how Burmese seamen aboard Thai fishing boats are abused, beaten and even murdered is now available for …

Abandoning Burma’s HIV/AIDS afflicted community
Mizzima.com, India –
“More than 25000 people died from AIDS-related diseases last year, and even more will die in the next twelve months, unless the Myanmar government and …

Myanmar AIDS crisis could kill 25000 next year-MSF
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Frank Smithuis, head of the NGO’s mission in the former Burma, urged the government and international community to stop needless deaths in “one of Asia’s …

Thousands may die of AIDS in Myanmar
Times of the Internet, Ohio –
The international humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says up to 25000 may die this year of HIV/AIDS in Myanmar unless help arrives soon. …

The US State Department Promotes On-line Youth Groups The …
Softpedia, Romania –
These groups act against the ruling junta of Burma, for democracy in Israel and for stopping the atrocities that the Lord’s Resistance Army commits in …

Be thankful we can still voice our viewpoints
Asheville Citizen-Times, NC –
Headlines coming out of Burma (aka “Myanmar”) are a reminder of what we have to be thankful for as we head into the Thanksgiving season. On any given day, …

World Briefs….Burma needs ARVs
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
Sapa-AFP AN ESTIMATED 24000 people will die of HIV/Aids in Burma next year unless the international donor community is willing to provide funds for …

Is There A Decrease In Cancer Rates In The US or Not?
DigitalJournal.com, Canada – 3
Some notable events of 2008 were: Cyclone Nargis battering Burma aka Myanmar, Iraq, Afghanistan, the controversy surrounding the 2008 Summer Olympics, …

Rogers Park church embraces Burmese refugees
Chicago Journal, IL –
30, 2007, has come to symbolize the plight of 50 refugees from Burma (Myanmar), including 20 children, who came to Rogers Park from a refugee camp in …

Sushi-specialist refugees from Burma recent additions to area’s …
Palm Beach Post,  United States –
Many are from the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar – also known as Burma – and they form part of a small and specialized minority relatively new to South …

Felt Elephants
East Bay Express, CA –
You’d want 2008’s most gripping international fiction, such as Smile as They Bow, Nu Nu Yi’s novel about a Burmese tranny spirit medium; Breath, …

THE STANLEY FOUNDATION: CHALLENGES TO EFFECTIVE MULTILATERALISM …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
For example, Burma’s membership in ASEAN in 1997 was not based on such conditions, though many participants disagreed about the wisdom, in retrospect, …

SHRF MONTHLY REPORT – NOVEMBER 2008
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
by admin — last modified 2008-11-26 03:04 After a few years of relative respite, the forcible use of unpaid civilian porters by the Burmese junta’s troops …

Letter of the Rights of the Child Anniversary
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The Nobel Laureates, including former US President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, urged world leaders …

Business Life From Barack to Jack
Philippine Star, Philippines –
I just thought you were Burmese.” Burmese? That’s new. I was psyched for the reunion. The sensible outlook to adopt at these occasions is to manage …

US taps online groups to fight crime
MyADSL, South Africa –
The list of organisations due to attend include the Burma Global Action Network, a human rights movement spurred into action by the ruling junta’s crackdown …

A Preventable Fate In Burma
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Thousands of people are needlessly dying due to a severe lack of lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment in Myanmar, says international humanitarian organization …

Netherlands: Foreign Minister Verhagen condemns severe prison …
ISRIA (subscription), DC
Zarganar is a famous comedian in Burma (also known as Myanmar), a country governed by a military junta. He was arrested six months ago while running an aid …

45 Years for a Joke
Wall Street Journal –
It’s a concept the people of Burma understand well. One of their most famous celebrities is a comedian known for his antiregime jokes who goes by the name …

A New Approach: Incorporating civilian resistance strategies …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Responses to the devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis in May 2008 have served to further polarize international actors on Burma into two camps. …

UN Human Rights Council to probe DR Congo violations
ABC Online, Australia –
Some 50 activist groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, appealed last week to the Council’s President, Nigerian Ambassador Martin …

Digital Influence Group Wins MITX Award for Best Use of Social Media
MarketWatch –
… Action Center and the US Campaign for Burma to build a grassroots movement to free Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma. …

Child soldiers
Pakistan Daily Mail, Pakistan –
According to Human Rights Watch, there are 200000 to 300000 child soldiers in more than 20 countries. No doubt this crime is under sharp spotlight of …

US–India Relations: The China Factor
Heritage.org, DC –
… movement in Burma throughout the 1980s and gave sanctuary to thousands of Burmese refugees following the military junta’s assumption of power in 1988. …

A Disappointing Record
America Magazine (subscription), NY –

True, Burma (now called Myanmar by its military rulers) did receive attention, with calls to expand the political space. There was also a special session on …

Asean lacks credibility |on rights issues
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
We have the generals in Burma happily giving out jail sentences of 65 years to human rights activists. These generals, who brutalise the people of Burma, …

Burma’s tourism industry shows signs of life
Mizzima.com, India –
… Mai – The Burmese tourism industry has picked up a little bit in recent months, after suffering serious losses in the aftermath of May’s Cyclone Nargis …

World focus on Burma (25 November 2008)

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Burmese aid for post flood health care in Orissa
Mizzima.com, India –
Speaking on the occasion Kyi Thein said that in May this year when Burma was ravaged by Cyclone Nargis, the worst calamity in the country’s history, …

Prepaid card system for mobile phones in Burma soon
Mizzima.com, India –
An official at the Myanmar Post and Telecommunication told Mizzima that it is all set to introduce a prepaid card system for mobile users, …

Burma’s HIV/AIDS Crisis in Red Alert: MSF
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Geneva-based humanitarian aid organization said in its latest report “A Preventable Fate: The Failure of ART Scale-up in Myanmar,” that the situation …

Enrile’s grim past casts a long shadow
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
He reduced the killings of human rights activists, lawyers, judges and journalists to nothing but a byproduct of insurgency. He even boasted to journalists …

Domestic migrant workers still vulnerable: HRW
Mizzima.com, India –
Human Rights Watch, in comments released yesterday, said the problem of abuse of domestic labor is predominantly directed at female employees of individual …

Plight of Abused Burmese Women Highlighted on International Women …
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The WLB also urged the UN to press the Burmese regime to investigate allegations of human rights abuses against women in ethnic areas. …

“Pull Them Out With Tweezers”
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“The government’s imprisonment of humanitarian aid workers sends the message that Burmese social organizations must follow the junta’s regulations whether …

Spy identified at opposition meeting
Mizzima.com, India –
… for Democracy and Development (NDD), among others residing in Kuala Lumpur. The meeting discussed and exchanged views on the current situation in Burma.

War on drugs takes a hit
RT, Russia –
A price has been paid: human rights groups and the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights report “widespread and systematic” killings of civilians by the …

Nigerian activists take on Chevron in the US
OneWorld.net, UK –
The Alien Tort Statute has been used in cases charging Unocal with violating the human rights of Burmese villagers during the construction of an oil …

Chechen Republic of Ichkeria: Russian Landmines
UNPO, Netherlands –
No halt for landmine use by Burma and Russia – Chechen Republic of Ichkeria and Karenni State suffer. Turkey, Greece and Belarus have all violated an …

• Freedom is first
Hamilton Spectator, Canada –
Barbarity in Burma (Myanmar) last week served as a reminder that, with or without Barack Obama, the global struggle for liberty will rage on long after …

Burma: UN Resolution Barely Pushed Through
UNPO, Netherlands –

A United Nations resolution on human rights in Burma has been approved but faces diplomatic opposition. The United Nations General Assembly’s Third …

Sakharov Prize at 20: For democracy – against oppression
European Parliament (press release), EU –
Burmese political party the National League for Democracy won the general election in 1990. Instead of its most prominent member Aung San Suu Kyi becoming …

The task of unification
Mizzima.com, India –
Dr. Sein Myint serves as the director of Policy Development of Justice for Human Rights in Burma, located in Maryland, USA. He is an Honorary Member of …

Vulnerability in the spotlight
Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia –

Alongside Hura and Wasif, critically acclaimed photographer James Whitlow Delano also presented his exhibit, “Burma, A Flameless Inferno”. …

Daewoo Aggravating Bay of Bengal Tensions
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Just as Daewoo certainly knew of the disputed waters they were entering, they are also well aware of the well-documented human rights abuses associated with …

Tibetan Exiles’ Meeting Produces Comparisons with Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
They fall out from time to time—most recently when the NCGUB failed to cooperate with the NCUB in its action against the Burmese junta seat at the United …

CNPC to invest in Sino-Burma oil, gas pipeline
Your Oil and Gas News (press release), UK –
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), parent of the country’s largest oil and gas producer PetroChina will team up with Myanmar Oil and Gas …

New era for human rights
Boston Globe, United States –
… from how to rescue democracy promotion from the stain of Iraq to how best to pressure human-rights abusers such as Burma and Zimbabwe. …

Great Nations & Industry Captains Ignore Thugocracies in Burma …
OpEdNews, PA –
Many took part in protests against the ruling junta sparked by fuel and food price rises in August 2007. Zarganar led a group of entertainers who organised …

Remember, Aung San Suu Kyi’s disengagement is not her choice
guardian.co.uk, UK –
There are several misinterpretations and failures to contextualise in the article on Burma’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (Not such a hero after all, …

The Big Question: Who are the Elders, and can they do anything to …
Independent, UK –
… former Irish president and UN Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and, in absentia, Burmese democracy activist Aung Sun Suu Kyi. …

Moulamein – Culture and History
The Age, Australia –
Some claim the town’s name is Aboriginal and some argue it is an Indian word (Moulmein is a seaport in Burma), though the translation is consistently given …

US taps online youth groups to fight crime, terrorism
AFP –
The list of organizations due to attend include the Burma Global Action Network, a human rights movement spurred into action by the ruling junta’s crackdown …

Rebel vigil talks with Myanmar
Calcutta Telegraph, India –
24: India and Myanmar have agreed to enhance security co-operation and border vigil to check Northeast insurgent groups that have bases in the region. …

Human Rights undermines public safety, says Tory
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
“Terrible human rights abuses in the world are taking place as we sit here today – in Zimbabwe, in Iran, in Sudan, in Burma. …

India, Myanmar to up security cooperation
Indian Express, India –
New Delhi, November 24 : Emphasising the need for “greater vigilance” at the border, India and Myanmar agreed to “enhance security cooperation to combat …

Good to speak about it. Even better to apply it!
FIDH (Communiqué de presse), France –
In 1948 the then UN member states adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. “Never again” were the words they proclaimed at the end of a conflict …

India-Burma holds another round of bilateral talks
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mungpi New Delhi – Burma and India on Sunday concluded the 9th foreign office consultation agreeing to cooperate in wide range of bilateral issues and to …

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November 25, 2008 at 3:29 am

World focus on Burma (21 November 2008)

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The US Should Move Beyond Sanctions
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Years of sanctions after sanctions, this is a new birth in the American policy toward Burma. Sanctions, however, still remain the popular way of punishing …

Julia Reed: Laura Bush Has a Thankless Job
Women on the Web, NY –
She has actively supported the people of Burma, speaking out against the prolonged detainment of Aung San Suu Kyi and protesting the treatment of peaceful …

Junta directs UMFCCI to probe pulse-bean scam
Mizzima.com, India –
The major purchaser of Burmese pulses and beans, India, is currently buying the produce from Canada but a member of UMFCCI CEC said that India assured Burma …

Myanmar comedian sentenced to 45 years in jail
AFP –

On Friday, the National League for Democracy party, led by detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, issued a statement urging the ruling junta to …

Celebrity Burmese comedian sentenced to 45 years in jail
France24, France –
By AFP (text) Myanmar’s most famous comedian was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison, in the latest and most high-profile case of citizens given long …

Burma, Myanmar: Leader Monk Gets Total 68 Years; Popular Burmese …
OpEdNews, PA –

Ashin Gambira is the pseudonym of one of the leaders of the All Burma Monks’ Alliance (ABMA). He was arrested in Mandalay Division’s Sintgaing Township on …

Pro-Democracy Monk, Comedian Get Long Myanmar Prison Sentences
FOXNews –
YANGON, Myanmar — Courts in military-ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, have handed long prison sentences to a prominent Buddhist monk and a popular …

Myanmar-China Pipeline to Start Construction in 2009
ChinaStakes.com, China –
It is reported that PetroChina will be the holding company for the pipeline constructed jointly by China , Burma , India , and Korea . …

Burma’s courts have sentenced nearly 90 other pro-democracy activists to lengthy prison terms in recent weeks. Last week, a group of at least 14 dissidents …

Forty-Five Years For Burmese Comic
UNPO, Netherlands –
In the latest spate of arrests, the Bumese Junta have sentenced comedian Zarganar to a staggering 45 years in jail. A popular comedian active in Burma’s …

A long week in Burma
ISN, Switzerland –
At least 2000 political prisoners languish in Burmese prisons, with pro-democracy icon and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi well into her second decade …

Dissident Myanmar comedian, monk sentenced to decades in prison
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Myanmar has been under military rule since 1962. The country’s best known opposition figure, Suu Kyi, has been under house arrest since May 2003.

U Gambira to serve total of 68 years in prison
Mizzima.com, India –
The monk who stirred the conscience of the anti-regime masses by his political activity became the leading Sayadaw of ‘All Burma Monks Alliance’ (ABMA) …

Comedian becomes latest victim of the kangaroo courts
First Post, UK –
Burma’s best known satirist and comedian, Zarganar (pictured), was sentenced to 45 years imprisonment today by a kangaroo court ordered by the country’s …

Myanmar jails comedian for 45 years
Canada.com, Canada –
Police seized his computer and several banned films, including the latest Rambo movie, featuring the US Vietnam War veteran taking on the former Burma’s …

Burmese comedian, sports writer jailed
The Age, Australia –
Friday’s sentences come after the courts last week imposed prison terms of up to 65 years on democracy activists who joined protests against the regime last …

Zarganar, Ashin Gambira Get Long Prison Terms
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

They included the Burmese hip-hop star Zayar Thaw, who is a leading member of Generation Wave, a dissidents group founded by young Burmese activists during …

Army frames charges against ILO complainants
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima)– Burma’s Army has framed charges, under the Electronic Act, against farmers from Natmauk Township who lodged a complaint …

Burma’s National Day Fading from Memory
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Some of the country’s greatest national heroes, including U Razak, Thakin Mya and Aung San, father of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, graduated from the …

Comedian sentenced to 45 years prison in Burma
Radio Australia, Australia –
Friday’s sentencing comes after the courts last week imposed prison terms of up to 65 years on democracy activists who joined protests against the regime …

Myanmar junta jails comedian for 45 years
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Police seized his computer and several banned films, including the latest Rambo movie, featuring the US Vietnam War veteran taking on the former Burma’s …

At the mercy of Mother Nature and Burma’s generals
Mizzima.com, India –
In a twisted tale of bad luck, for a region which the World Food Programme describes as “one of the poorest and most isolated states in Myanmar,” once the …

Burma comic jailed for 45 years
BBC News, UK –
A popular comedian active in Burma’s democracy movement has been sentenced to 45 years in jail by a Burmese court. Zarganar was found to have violated the …

Singing for love
Port Huron Times Herald, MI –
The song reveals Tuptim’s inner feelings, but not about the king to whom she was given as a gift from the King of Burma in order to form a union between the …

HIV/AIDS Risk High Among Political Prisoners
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Political prisoners in Burma run a high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS because of unhygienic medical treatment, according to reports from inside …

Nobel prize winners call for education in war zones
guardian.co.uk, UK –

The Dalai Lama, the former US president Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi are among the signatories of …

Burma: Child Soldier Returned Home
UNPO, Netherlands –
Human rights groups and the United Nations have repeatedly cited Burma as possibly having the largest number of child soldiers in the world. …

Weekly Business Roundup (November 21, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLIAM BOOT China’s confirmation that it will use Burma as a conduit to ship oil from the Middle East and Africa into its southwestern provinces has …

Burma / Myanmar: 27-year-old hip-hop performer sentenced to six …
Freemuse, Denmark –
Zayar Thaw was among at least 20 detainees sentenced on 18 November 2008 in Burma’s continuing trials of opposition activists and members of the National …

Myanmar junta jails hip hop star for 6 years
International Herald Tribune, France –
YANGON: A hip-hop star in military-ruled Myanmar has been jailed for six years for being part of a political group, the latest in a string of hefty …

Burmese writer joins husband in exile in Thailand
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
A SEAPA partner, it aims to promote awareness about the situation in Burma and promote democracy and freedom of expression in the country.

Governments and business collude in deaths of trade unionists …
Namibian, Namibia –
Fourteen unionists were jailed in Morocco and seven in Burma, where the junta targeted union activists as part of its brutal crackdown on any moves for …

Stop use of child soldiers: Rights group
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
by Phanida Chiang Mai – Child soldiers continue to be used in armed conflicts in Burma, a rights group activists said. The Thai based ‘Human Right Education …

Myanmar junta jails hip hop star for 6 years
International Herald Tribune, France –
YANGON: A hip-hop star in military-ruled Myanmar has been jailed for six years for being part of a political group, the latest in a string of hefty …

China to build pipeline through Myanmar
Times of the Internet, Ohio –
China is a major trading partner of Myanmar, formerly called Burma, which has been under military rule since the 1960s. The junta last year brutally put …


Beijing’s “continuing arms sales and military support to rogue regimes, namely Sudan, Burma, and Iran, threaten the stability of fragile regions and hinder …

Cisco Needs To Step Up To Reduce Net Censorship, Says Net Freedom ...
BusinessWeek –
If Cisco readily admits that it’s helping build a system that could enable surveillance of anti-government activists, would a Cisco salesman really refuse …

FEC slumps in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
The junta has started a new scheme of selling fuel at the rate of four FEC units per gallon at government-run filling stations since August 22. …

Ashoka Pillar now stands tall in Australia
Times of India, India –
“Emperor Ashoka fostered democratic rule and it is a privilege to dedicate the Ashoka Pillar at a Buddhist monastery in a fellow democracy such as Australia …

Yunnan to build new gas pipeline
Your Project News (press release), UK –
Construction of an oil and gas pipeline linking Myanmar and Chinas Yunnan province is expected to start next year, said an official with the local …

Refugees experience first Thanksgiving in New York City
USA Today –
“Even now I can’t describe my feelings when I first landed at Kennedy Airport,” says Dee, whose family fled to Thailand from Burma, also known as Myanmar, …

DEVELOPMENT-VIETNAM: Rare Criticism of Dams Surface
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Some 60 million people along the 4800-kilometre path of the Mekong, which flows from Tibet, through Burma, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia before flowing out to …

‘Gift’ for Queen Victoria helped Penang’s cause
New Straits Times, Malaysia –
The Burmese and Thais built temples in the Pulau Tikus area while Indians built Hindu temples around the island. The South Indians built rows of shophouses …

HK internet gambling boss jailed in Yunnan
The Standard, Hong Kong –
Tam’s racket started nearly 10 years ago in Burma, where many mainlanders go to bet in casinos. He and his team set up several gambling websites and had …

US Congress warned of Chinese cyber, space threats
AFP –
Beijing’s “continuing arms sales and military support to rogue regimes, namely Sudan, Burma, and Iran, threaten the stability of fragile regions and hinder …

Yes, Minister. Let’s meet
The Nut Graph, Malaysia –

Human rights are universal, inalienable, indivisible and inter-related. In part, this is why Malaysia voices its concern about the situations in Burma and …

Myanmar awards China pipeline rights
Oil & Gas Journal, TX –
20 — Myanmar has awarded China the right to manage planned pipelines that will transport crude oil and natural gas from the Bay of Bengal across Myanmar to ..

UN Should Refer Burma To Int. Criminal Court
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Burma Lawyers’ Council and Global Justice Center urge the international community to expose the regime’s criminal partnership with members of the judiciary …

China inks pipeline deal with Burma
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
China has signed two deals that will allow it to use ports in Burma to unload its oil and gas supplies rather than shipping them through the pirate-infested …

Burma tries to silence opposition
Index On Censorship, UK –
It is the biggest crackdown on the opposition in Burma since the massive pro-democracy demonstrations in 1988. All activists who the regime believes pose a …

Throwing Away the Key in Burma
American Spectator –
This land of rich resources, renamed Myanmar in 1989 by its military dictatorship, delivered last week the verdicts of several prisoners — many of them …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 21, 2008 at 3:09 am

World focus on Burma (30 July 2008)

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Cyclone relief in Burma going slowly: Canadian

CTV.ca, Canada –

TORONTO — Three months after cyclone Nargis swept into Burma, a Canadian aid worker says initial relief efforts to help its victims will take three months …

Thai Supreme Court to open new trial against Thaksin on state loan …

Xinhua, China –

… against coup-ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra on charges of abuse of power in pushing a state loan to Myanmar allegedly to benefit his family business. …

Burmese rock star Lay Phyu to sing for cyclone victims

Mizzima.com, India –

Cyclone Nargis, which lashed Burma on May 2 and 3, left at least 138000 dead and missing, and devastated the lives of more than 2.4 million people.

Lending a hand in Malaysia

Arab Tribune, AL –

A military junta launched a coup in 1962 and took over Burma. Renaming it Myanmar was the least of their crimes. The military abolished the constitution and …

The Frank Marshall Davis Network in Hawaii

Canada Free Press, Canada –

After graduating from the MIS Language School, Yoneda served in the China-Burma-India Office of the War Information Psychological Warfare Team. …

Why the Media Fears John McCain

Huffington Post, NY –

asked the Time Magazine Editor (who caused a storm earlier this year for his calls to invade Burma). Obama’s progressive side flashed, and the Illinois …

Burma Permits 12 Local, Foreign Companies to Invest in Cyber City

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Burma has three Internet service providers – the state-owned Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), BaganNet/Myanmar Teleport (formerly known as Bagan …

Asia Gets Mixed Review in Global Fight against HIV/AIDS Spread

An unidentified abandoned baby girl, who nurses said was HIV infected, lies on the floor at the Phnom Penh Nutrition Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (File)

조선일보(영문판), South Korea –

Sun says there has been a decline in overall prevalence rates in Cambodia, Burma and Thailand. But Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and Pakistan …

UN calls for doubled aid to Burma

United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

Ibrahim Gambari, special envoy of the UN secretary-general to Myanmar, met with ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan to express his appreciation for the …

The Evolution of the National Security Concept of China

Journal of Turkish Weekly, Turkey –

[7] In 1999, the then-Chinese President Jiang Zemin proclaimed at a UN Conference that “the new international situation has called for a new security …

Burmese junta skimming UN aid

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

THE United Nations has admitted that £5 million ($10.4 million) of aid intended for Burmese cyclone survivors has been skimmed off by banks run by the …

Thaksin faces new charge

The Age, Australia –

The investigators claim Thaksin wrongly ordered another bank to increase a 3 billion baht ($A94 million) loan to 4 billion baht so that Burma’s ruling junta …

What Will ASEAN say to a Malaysian Islamic State?

American Muslim, MO –

Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei remain predominantly Muslim, but they are flanked by predominantly Buddhist Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and even Vietnam. …

London’s Link to Burmese Junta Revealed

Buzzle, CA –

… the generals running the oppressed south-east Asian nation. The London insurance involvement, to be exposed this week in a report by Burma Campaign UK, …

Thailand Court Agrees to Hear Case Against Thaksin in New Blow to …

Voice of America –

The case against Thaksin Shinawatra alleges that he used his influence as Prime Minister to arrange low-interest loans to Burma so that the military …

Millions In Aid For Myanmar Disappears

Evening Bulletin, PA –

Mr. Holmes explained that roughly a third of approximately $200 million so far spent by UN agencies in Myanmar had been used to buy local products and …

Burma’s Fishery Industry near Standstill

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

A barrel of diesel is around 320000 kyat (US $273)” According to the Myanmar Offshore Fishing Vessel Owners Association, there are 536 registered offshore …

Bush Signs Burma Jade Act, Adds to Sanction’s List

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Department of Treasury said the sanctions target two conglomerates, the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (UMEH) and the Myanmar Economic …

Thai Court Agrees to Hold Trial on Thaksin’s Burma Loan

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The funds were earmarked for improvements to Burma’s Internet system. The loan approval drew criticism that Thaksin, who supervised the bank at the time, …

UN’s Lost Aid May Be Tip of the Iceberg

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

It was instrumental in forcing the UN this week to admit to losses to the junta of at least US$10 million on cyclone cash aid transmitted into Burma. …

/REPEAT — Media Advisory – Relief for Cyclone Survivors Continues …

Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –

Threats to children’s wellbeing remain three months after storm Andrew Kirkwood, Save the Children Myanmar Country Director, discusses humanitarian efforts …

(Re)insurers fingered for ‘insuring repression’ in Burma – report

Post Magazine (subscription), UK –

The Burma Campaign UK has fingered some of the world’s biggest insurers, accusing them of facilitating the “flow of billions of dollars to the Burmese …

Burmese loan case is fourth supreme court charge against Thaksin

Crain’s Manchester Business, UK –

Thailand’s Supreme Court today agreed to hear another case against Manchester City Football Club owner Thaksin Shinawatra, the second time a new charge has …

US renews Myanmar sanctions

PRESS TV, Iran –

President Bush has signed a punitive legislation against Myanmar, freezing assets of its leaders and banning import of its gems into US. …

Thai court to hear another case against Thaksin

Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –

Thailand’s Supreme Court has decided to hear a case against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The former prime minister, who was ousted in a …

US extends Myanmar gem sanctions

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

The Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act, referring to Myanmar’s former name, renews a sanctions regime imposed since 2003 over the suppression of the …

Burmese exiles’ leading media websites under attack

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

… hundreds of thousands during the September protests in Burma last year and in May and June this year, following the destruction wrought by Cyclone Nargis.

Junta censors magazine story on Burmese journalist

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

A SEAPA partner, it aims to promote awareness about the situation in Burma and promote democracy and freedom of expression in the country.

Junta skims UN cash aid

The Province, Canada –

BANGKOK — The United Nations has admitted that $10 million of aid intended for Myanmar cyclone survivors has been skimmed off by banks run by the country’s …

Price rise force farmers to reduce fertilizer use

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi — Several farmers Cyclone-hit Irrawaddy delta’s Bogale Township, said they are forced to reduce the use of fertilizers on their paddy fields to …

Supreme Court opens new case against Thaksin

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

… to open a new case against ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who has been accused of abuse of power in pushing a state loan to neighbouring Burma. …

UDPATE 1-Top Thai court hits Thaksin over Myanmar loans

Reuters India, India –

In the Myanmar case, an army-appointed graft panel accused Thaksin of ordering a state bank in 2004 to increase the size of a loan to the military-ruled …

Supreme Court accepts Myanmar EXIM loan case against Thaksin

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

The EXIM Bank loan scandal originated in the bank’s decision to lend B t4 billion to Myanmar for the purchase of machinery for national development during …

Rep. Pitts key in new Myanmar sanctions

U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts, third from right, watches President Bush on Tuesday sign a bill that renews import restrictions on Myanmar. Also watching the ceremony are, from left, Rep. Don Mansullo, R-Ill.; Rep. Chris Smith,R-N.J.; first lady Laura Bush; Annette Lantos; Shiloh Tilleman; Rep. Rush Holt, DN. J.; and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.

Lancaster Newspapers, PA –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. The current government took power in 1988 after crushing prodemocracy demonstrations …

The Al-Jazeera Effect

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

The last time we were in Burma was not only during the crackdown (in October last year). We were in Burma a week before Cyclone Nargis, and we have been …

Aid work opens ‘positive door’ for UN, Myanmar cooperation

Myanmar Times, Burma –

With a full assessment completed, monitoring schemes in place and wide access for aid workers, the conditions requested by donors at the ASEAN Donors …

Thai court accepts another case against Thaksin

International Herald Tribune, France –
The complaint, brought by the Assets Examination Committee, said a 2004 low-interest loan to Myanmar by the state-controlled Export-Import Bank of Thailand …

Top Thai court hits Thaksin over Myanmar loans

Reuters –

An army-appointed graft panel has accused Thaksin of ordering a state bank in 2004 to increase the size of a loan to the military-ruled former Burma to buy …

Court agrees to hear Exim bank loan against Thaksin

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

… decided Wednesday to hear a case against ex-premier Thaksin Shianwatra, which involved a four-billion-baht loan given Burma during his administration. …

Thai court takes new case against Thaksin over Myanmar loan

AFP –

… agreed Wednesday to hear new corruption charges against deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra, involving a controversial loan to military-ruled Myanmar. …

Supreme Court decides to consider the Exim Bank loan case against …

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

AEC accused Thaksin of abusing his position to order a Bt1 billion increase in the amount of loans to Burma, allegedly for the benefit of his family’s …

Supreme Court accepts to consider Exim Bank case against Thaksin

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

The Supreme Court decided on Wednesday to consider the Exim Bank loan to Burma against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. …

World’s Press Calls for Release of Burmese Journalist

Media Newsline, India –

“The continued imprisonment of U Win Tin constitutes a deep blemish on the international standing of Myanmar (Burma) which can only be erased by his release …

Aid work opens ‘positive door’ for UN, Myanmar cooperation

Myanmar Times, Burma –

Mr Holmes told The Myanmar Times in an interview on Thursday that the UN wants to expand the level of “trust and confidence” already reached with the …

UN Says Millions in Cyclone Aid Lost From Interference by Burmese …

MyFox Spokane, WA –

… who called the losses “unacceptable” and said he raised the issue with the leaders of Burma, also called Myanmar, during a recent trip. …

Bush signs sanctions against Myanmar into law

AFP –
But Congress moved in the aftermath of this year’s devastating cyclone, when the junta blocked entry to many foreign aid workers and relief shipments. …

Sanctions: US puts more pressure on Myanmar regime

Cheif Officers’ Network, Malaysia –
“We are tightening financial sanctions against Burma’s repressive junta and the companies that finance it,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. …

Bush Tightens Sanctions on Myanmar Junta, Targets Gem Trade

Bloomberg –

New York-based Human Rights Watch welcomed the steps against Myanmar’s gem trade. “Since 2003, the US government has banned products from Burma, …

Official confesses world body ‘arguably a bit slow to recognize …

WorldNetDaily, OR –

By Matt Sanchez NEW YORK – As much as $10 million of United Nations relief funds designated for Burma in the wake of Cyclone Nargis have been siphoned off …

Unjust Chinese policies cannot be divorced from Olympics

Irish Times, Ireland –
It has also repeatedly called for the release of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was honoured some years ago with the Freedom of Dublin …

Burma and Zimbabwe witness the last gasps of the supreme global …

guardian.co.uk, UK –
The first was Burma (or Myanmar as it should be known). We can all agree that the regime is odious. The question facing the rest of the world in the …

UN loses $10m aid in Burma exchange rate scam

Independent, UK –

… certificates with a nominal value of $1 each that are then exchanged for the local currency, the kyat, at a rate set by Burma’s military government. …

Myanmar: A month in the Delta

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

‘Some villages were literally erased from the landscape,’ says Mascall, Merlin’s logistics manager in Myanmar. He went on to spend a gruelling and demanding …

Is the Philippines a failed state?

Manila Times, Philippines –
Among ASEAN member states, we are a little better than Burma, Timor Leste, Laos, and Cambodia. However, we are worse than Muslim majority countries …

Taiwan Records Dengue Infection Charity Workers Caught in Burma

RedOrbit, TX –

A subsequent investigation conducted by health authorities found that she and 10 other members of her group had visited Myanmar to help with the aftermath …

US Tightens Burma Sanctions

Voice of America –

By Michael Bowman President Bush has signed bills to renew and extend sanctions on Burma in hopes of prodding the country’s military junta towards democracy …

Mobile Medical Teams Help Cyclone Victims in Burma

Voice of America –

It is part of a broader health program for Myanmar. We have also, with our partners, set up 15 temporary clinics, these are tented clinics in places where …

Khalizad: Low rates for UN aid troubling

United Press International –

… reportedly acknowledged a $10 million loss in currency exchange in Myanmar because government officials for the country formerly known as Burma tell the …

Bush signs Myanmar sanctions bill

The Associated Press –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. The current junta took power in 1988 after crushing pro-democracy demonstrations at a …

UPDATE 1-US Treasury imposes new sanctions on Myanmar firms

Reuters –

The legislation bans the import of Myanmar rubies and jade, freezes assets of the military leaders and aims to stop the country, formerly known as Burma, …

US clamps down on firms linked to Myanmar

The Associated Press –

It marked the latest administration move to financially punish the repressive junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, and its backers for a crackdown on …

Julie Benz in the Warzone

Crave Online, CA –
I do a lot of work for the US Campaign for Burma because of my experience with the movie. And I’ve become very involved in what’s going on over in that part …

UN loses US $ 10 million in distorted Burmese official exchange rate

Mizzima.com, India –
In Burma, foreign aid groups, including UN agencies that are directly transferring money, have to go through the government-owned Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank …

N Korea coming in from the cold

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Close ties to Asean will help North Korea usher itself into a new era. Asean members Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, Burma, Indonesia and Vietnam have good ties …

Quest for freedom and justice has no end

Pacific Daily News, GU –

Last week, I quoted Burma’s dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who advised those feeling “hopeless and despairing: ‘Don’t just sit there. Do something. …

Cash scam in Myanmar swallowing UN cyclone aid: Report

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

A joint assessment report by Myanmar, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN has estimated the total damage and losses at 4.4 to 4.5 …

World Focus on Burma (21-11-2007)

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  1. Than Shwe: the man in the iron mask
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    By AUNG ZAW In order to see positive political change in Burma it’s clearly necessary to understand the psyche of Than Shwe and his men. …
  2. Activists: Thai firms must halt investments
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Environmentalists have called on two SET-listed companies to halt their investments in Burma, saying they only serve to fatten the junta’s purse while …
  3. Burma is the unexpected victor at summit
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    By RUTH YOUNGBLOOD Singapore _ The signing of the Asean Charter, long anticipated as a moment of triumph, turned out to be a face-saving occasion with Burma …
  4. UN chief lauds Asean democracy, human rights
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    The 10-nation Asean met in Singapore in the wake of pro-democracy demonstrations in Burma, one of the members. Burma pledged, however, to abide by the human …
  5. In Singapore, Burma activists keep within the law
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    About 40 Burma nationals were having coffee at the Starbucks cafe at Orchard Parade Hotel, or standing around nearby. As the clock struck 7pm Tuesday night, …
  6. Activists attack Asean over inaction on Burma
    Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
    By Thomas Bell in Singapore Burma’s neighbours were accused of hypocrisy as they announced a new charter on human rights yesterday while failing to pressure ...
  7. TRANSCRIPT: Charles Gibson Interviews President George W. Bush and …
    ABC News –
    Why is Myanmar and different than Pakistan? FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH: Well, that isn’t my … I can’t answer that. I can talk to you about Burma, because that’s …
  8. ASEAN leaders adopt criticized charter, establish human rights body
    JURIST –
    Critics have also been skeptical of allowing military-ruled Myanmar to join the charter [JURIST report], citing the country’s poor human rights record. …
  9. Dissent but no discord as Arroyo raises doubts
    TODAYonline, Singapore –
    THE glittering ceremony went ahead without a glitch as all 10 leaders of the Association of South-east Asian Nations, including Myanmar’s, inked the Asean …
  10. PGMA reiterates need for democratic reforms in Myanmar
    Balita.org, UK –
    Among the topics discussed was the issue of democratic reforms in Myanmar after its political junta cracked down on pro-democracy protesters there two …
  11. UN envoy meets Arroyo, other leaders
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    By Norman Bordadora, Tetch Torres SINGAPORE – United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari’s address on Burma (Myanmar) to Asian leaders was canceled abruptly, …
  12. KP Yohannan, the quiet revolutionary
    Journal Chrétien, France –
    His 16500 native missionaries are based in10 countries that include Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal and India. …
  13. UN’s Myanmar envoy holds talks with regional leaders in Singapore
    UN News Centre –
    20 November 2007 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Myanmar is in Singapore, where he is meeting with various regional leaders taking part …
  14. Take emotion out of view to give Burma a chance
    The Canberra Times, Australia –
    Many observers would ask why the world should care about Burma, notwithstanding the widespread sense of moral outrage prompted by the military regime’s …
  15. UN rights panel rebukes Myanmar, Iran, North Korea
    Reuters South Africa, South Africa –
    Another resolution strongly condemning the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was passed by 88-24, …
  16. UN condemns Burmese rights violations
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    New York (dpa) – The UN General Assembly’s human-rights committee adopted a resolution Tuesday condemning Burma’s use of force against peaceful …
  17. UN panel slams Myanmar crackdown on protests
    AFP –
    But Myanmar’s UN envoy Kyaw Tint Swe immediately brushed off the vote of censure saying: “We are not surprised by the result of the vote nor are we …
  18. UN envoy ‘disappointed’ over cancelled Myanmar briefing
    Tehran Times, Iran –
    SINGAPORE (AFP) — The United Nations special envoy to Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, said Tuesday he was disappointed”” by the decision to cancel his briefing …
  19. Adoption of landmark ASEAN Charter overshadowed by lack of …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    AP SINGAPORE: Southeast Asian leaders signed a landmark charter to promote free trade and human rights, but troublesome neighbor Myanmar undercut their …
  20. Abdullah: Charter will be a boon for SE Asia
    New Straits Times, Malaysia –
    By Wan Hamidi Hamid SINGAPORE: Despite pressure from the United States and European Union as well as human rights organisations over Myanmar’s military rule …
  21. Myanmar cloud could complicate FTA with ASEAN
    National Business Review, New Zealand –
    The Philippines, an ASEAN member, has warned that its parliament will not ratify the bloc’s new charter unless Burma shows that it is committed to returning …
  22. Burma warned over ASEAN charter
    Tehran Times, Iran –
    Philippine President Gloria Arroyo has said her country is unlikely to sign a new ASEAN charter unless Burma frees the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …
  23. Charter of ASEAN endorsed
    Xinhua, China –
    BEIJING, Nov. 21 — Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have endorsed the Charter of ASEAN in Singapore. .
  24. Downer Wants `Dialogue and Success’ on Myanmar (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    “Action means dialogue of substance that leads to constitutional reforms in Burma.” Myanmar, which has been ruled by the junta for 45 years, ..
  25. Historic ASEAN Charter Signed []
    RTT News, NY –
    The charter signing was conducted amid criticism over the absence of any real authority to enforce the rules – especially with member Myanmar, ..
  26. Gambari says UN can ‘make a difference’ in Myanmar
    Earthtimes, UK –
    Singapore – The United Nations can “make a difference” in Myanmar, where others have failed, with the support of East Asian countries and the international …
  27. India tells Myanmar to intensify reforms
    Assam Tribune, India –
    SINGAPORE, Nov 20 – India refrained from adopting a tough position on the military crackdown in Myanmar urging the neighbouring country to opt for a broad …
  28. Burma’s Big Break
    Wall Street Journal –
    At a summit in Singapore the 10-member group kept Burma’s junta in its fold while simultaneously inking a charter to strengthen its enforcement of human …
  29. ASEAN rights body told to protect members from foreign interference
    Hindu, India –
    Its recommendations confirm that the human rights agency would be a toothless body with no power to rein in blatant violators such as Myanmar. …
  30. LABOUR: ASEAN Charter Skirts Rights For Migrant Workers
    Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –
    “Burma (Myanmar) is getting special attention and it is deflecting the broader issue of human rights in the region,” added Jenina Joy Chavez, …
  31. UN’s Envoy Tells Myanmar to Speed Talks With Suu Kyi (Update2)
    Bloomberg –
    Calls for penalties on Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, have increased after General Than Shwe’s regime cracked down on pro-democracy demonstrators in …
  32. East Asian leaders focus on emissions, free trade
    Reuters –
    … Myanmar opposed that and Gambari is talking to individual delegations instead. “Progress on Burma…has been as slow as glue up a hill,” said Downer. …
  33. UN Committee Approves Myanmar Resolution
    FOX News –
    Myanmar, also known as Burma, tried to block a vote on the draft resolution, proposing a motion of “no action” instead. It was defeated by a vote of 88 …
  34. Myanmar “Welcome” for Korean hits
    Variety Asia, Hong Kong –
    HONG KONG – Military crackdown notwithstanding, Myanmar (Burma) is to hold a festival of South Korean films at the end of the month (Nov 30 – Dec 4). …
  35. un’s Envoy Tells Myanmar to Speed Talks With Suu Kyi (Update3)
    Bloomberg –
    Calls for penalties on Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, increased after General Than Shwe’s regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters in September, …
  36. East Asian leaders pledge emissions cuts
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    … Myanmar opposed that and Gambari is talking to individual delegations instead. “Progress on Burma…has been as slow as glue up a hill,” said Downer. …
  37. China’s power — and will — to push for change in Myanmar limited …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    … the isolated country, also known as Burma. The sticky issue of Myanmar is often a hot topic at meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. …
  38. Bucking a global trend
    Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica –
    … Myanmar (Burma), Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Mauritania, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Quatar, Brunei, Egypt and Indonesia.
  39. UN-doing Human Rights
    FrontPage magazine.com, CA –
    The two notable positive actions by the Council on human rights violations resulted from two special sessions–one on Sudan and the other on Burma. …
  40. Laura Bush supports boycott of rubies, gems from Myanmar
    Corpus Christi Caller Times, TX – Editorial
    The military junta that rules over the nation once known as Burma has routinely used the truncheon and the bullet to crush any opposition. …
  41. Myanmar envoy wants stronger role
    Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
    The United Nations special envoy to Myanmar has said he wants to see his role “beefed up” to increase its chances of success. Ibrahim Gambari, who has gone …
  42. Gambari: UN can make a difference in Burma
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Gambari said his dialogues with Burma will “have timelines.” “We want democracy and a stable and prosperous Myanmar,” he said, using the military regime’s …
  43. UN special envoy to go to Burma again
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    United Nations special envoy for Burma affairs Ibrahim Gambari said Wednesday he would make his next visit to the military ruled country before the end of …
  44. Asean’s common charter, a triumph of “modest expectations”
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    Myanmar also voted in favour of the charter, a country well known for its systematic violation of freedom and fundamental rights. The Charter which now must …
  45. Activists Defy Protest Ban At ASEAN Summit In Singapore
    AHN –
    The third protest at 7 pm (11 am GMT) on Tuesday came from 40 Myanmar citizens, who carried a large banner with the words “Listen to Burma’s Desires, …
  46. Myanmar nationals continue to press for change months after …
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    A “peace concert for Burma” was held at Singapore Substation. More than 60 people turned up to show their support. It was an overwhelming show of support by …
  47. Philippine President Rebukes Burma
    TIME –
    (SINGAPORE) — The president of the Philippines took a parting shot at Burma’s junta Wednesday, deploring the pace of democratic reforms in the Southeast …
  48. Myanmar faces calls for Suu Kyi release
    France24, France –
    “It’s very important that there is real and genuine progress… in Burma,” he said, referring to Myanmar by its former name. “Professor Gambari thinks he’s …
  49. Burma’s Forest Shrinking
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    “In misgoverned Asian countries, like Myanmar [Burma] and Cambodia, there are impressive conservation laws on paper, but in practice illegal logging, …
  50. HIV/AIDS Down in Some Asian Countries but Rising in Others, Says …
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    The report said that Burma’s HIV epidemic “is also showing signs of a decline,” though was still a matter for concern. Indonesia and Vietnam are two …
  51. Arroyo Takes Parting Shot at Burma with Strong Criticism
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    We … remain concerned about the pace of progress of Myanmar [Burma] on the issue of human rights,” President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said. …
  52. Gambari Says Burma Has Made Slow Progress
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    Qin also insisted that there have been positive developments in Burma, but he declined to elaborate. “Just compare the situation now in Myanmar with a month …
  53. Gambari Should Brief Asean: Ban Ki-moon
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    … Ban said: “It would have been desirable and better for Gambari to report and brief Asean leaders on the situation in Myanmar [Burma]. …
  54. ASEAN: human rights in the Charter and beyond
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    The current crisis in Myanmar, which is in fact a continuation of decades of serious human rights violations, some of which constitute crimes against …
  55. 21 – PGMA returns to RP with mixed emotions
    Balita.org, UK –
    Also during the Summit, the President held bilateral talks with several of the member-nations, notably Myanmar whose military-backed junta came under …
  56. Philippine Calls Myanmar Junta ‘Forces Of Authoritarianism’
    AHN –
    Singapore (AHN) – The Philippines issues its strongest condemnation of Myanmar Wednesday calling its military leaders “forces of authoritarianism,” and at …
  57. AP Exclusive: ASEAN human rights body told to protect members from …
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    … also known as Burma. Myanmar sparked global anger in September when the nation’s military leaders crushed pro-democracy protests lead by Buddhist monks, ..
  58. Asian leaders reject calls for Myanmar sanctions
    Forbes, NY –
    … brief the Asian leaders on the situation in the former Burma — forcing ASEAN into an embarrassing last-minute cancellation. But Lee described …
  59. POLITICS: ASEAN Family Gets ‘Protective’ About Burma
    Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –
    ASEAN leaders’ views on Burma, also known as Myanmar, removed all doubts as to whose interests the governments have in mind when they talk about regional …
  60. New Southeast Asian Human Rights Body Likely to Keep Hands Off Burma
    Voice of America –
    But an internal document shows the organization is more likely to protect its members – including Burma – from outside interference on human rights matters. …
  61. UN Special Envoy to Burma Wants Stronger Role to Resolve Crisis
    Voice of America –
    By VOA News The United Nations special envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, is telling Asian leaders that his role in helping resolve Burma’s political crisis …
  62. ASEAN summit in S’pore achieves significant steps forward: PM Lee
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    The Myanmar issue has also taken centre stage in this summit. ASEAN has made its position clear on the issue that Myanmar cannot go back to the status quo. …
  63. ASEAN summit in S’pore achieves significant steps forward: PM Lee
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    The Myanmar issue has also taken centre stage in this summit. ASEAN has made its position clear on the issue that Myanmar cannot go back to the status quo. ..
  64. ASEAN, Japan conclude negotiations for partnership agreement
    Xinhua, China –
    SINGAPORE, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) — The heads of state or government of member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan gathered …
  65. Asia.view Realpolitik rules
    Economist, UK –
    Take its reaction to recent events in Myanmar and Pakistan. When General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan imposed, in effect, martial law on November 3rd, …
  66. ASEAN statement on Burma met with criticism
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    Teresa Kok of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus said that ASEAN leaders were not taking a strong enough stand on Burma, and needed to hear from …
  67. Junta releases demonstrators but only so that they can die at home
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    … who has pledged to work on behalf of all groups in Myanmar, including ethnic minorities. According to the Democratic Voice of Burma, the military are in …
  68. Gem sales continue despite calls for boycott
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    Nov 21, 2007 (DVB)–A Burmese gem auction at the Myanmar Convention Centre in Mayangon township, Rangoon, has attracted 3596 local and international …
  69. Downer hits ASEAN silence over Burma
    The Australian, Australia –
    AUSTRALIA yesterday lashed out at Burma’s sabotage of UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari’s planned briefing for ASEAN and East Asia Summit leaders on any moves by the …
  70. EU backs ‘carrot and stick’ approach towards Myanmar
    Reuters –
    By Jan Dahinten SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The European Union wants to keep up the pressure on military-ruled Myanmar to bring about democratic reforms and …
  71. Japan pledges Asia aid to fight climate change
    Citizen, South Africa –
    Pollution hovers over eastern Beijing’s developing skyline. Japan’s Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda has pledged a two-billion-dollar aid package to help …
  72. POLITICAL TIDBITS Baby steps for Burma
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    By Belinda Olivares-Cunanan It looks like the 10-nation ASEAN has decided in Singapore to treat Burma (Myanmar) like a baby learning to take small steps, …
  73. Clark leaves UN talks confident of progress in Myanmar
    Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –
    Prime Minister Helen Clark has completed talks with the United Nations special envoy to Myanmar confident progress can be made in the repressive and …
  74. China leaning on Myanmar: PM
    New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
    Photo / AP Prime Minister Helen Clark is confident China will use its diplomatic muscle to pressure Myanmar to engage with the United Nations. …
  75. Southeast Asian nations split over treatment of Burma
    Christian Science Monitor, MA –
    By Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar Divisions over Burma (Myanmar) overshadowed the 40th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, …